"Hawthorne Heights talks about their 'Skeletons.'" - Interview

The music industry can be a harsh industry. As quickly as it can build you up, it can take it all away. Every band has to face the hard times, but it is only the great bands that can come out standing. Hawthorne Heights is one of those bands that are still standing.

They’re back with a new album called “Skeletons.” I recently got a chance to talk with drummer Eron Bucciarelli and he said that they “poured their heart and soul in this record.” After listening to “Skeletons” which comes out June 1st, I can only say that it certainly sounds like they did. The very first song “Bring You Back” and all the way through the last song “Boy” gave me chills. The album beginning to end is solid; there’s not one weak spot. Definitely check it out when it hits the shelves June 1st.

Q - How would you describe the sound of your new album “Skeletons?”

A - I'd describe it as blend of psychedelic Indian folk, mixed with zydeco infused calypso. In all seriousness, it’s a rock record plain and simple. It’s a blend of us stretching our creative wings mixed with more familiar HH sounding elements.

Q - Why did you name the new album “Skeletons?”

A - After everything we had been through over the last few years we were so beaten down and emotionally defeated. Likewise, everyone in our country had just gone through a similarly traumatic experience with the recession; losing jobs, life savings, their homes, etc. It was almost as if everyone, ourselves included, had a huge wake up call and had to collectively scale everything back, strip things down to the bones and focus only on what was truly important in order to rebuild. We were all reduced to skeletons.

Q - What's your favorite song on the new album and why?

A – “End Of The Underground.” It’s a song we've worked on for a long time. Something about the mood and grandeur of it just appeals to me.

Q - You guys have had some success, when recording and even now waiting for the release. Is there any anxiety over the album’s success?

A - When we were writing this album we knew we wanted to blow people away, expand our sound and make people realize that we're still here and very much relevant. We were part of a moment that propelled our career much higher than we initially thought was possible and that success caught us off guard. With every triumphant rise, there is an equal and opposite fall from grace. We got arrogant, so some of the reasons for our fall were brought on by our own poor decisions. I think we're out to prove to ourselves that we didn't make a bad decision, because this album we wanted to create was to be so good it would justify our choices and we won't have to live with any regrets and constantly thinking "what if"? So yes, there's a lot of anxiety.

Q - What is the writing process for Hawthorne Heights like? Do you write as a band, are there designated song writers... how do you guys do it?

A - We write as band. One member brings in a part or an outline of a song and we all put our spin on it and shape it to something we're all happy with. For this album there was a lot of demoing, listening, re-writing, re-demoing, repeat for nearly every song. We spent a lot of time and tried our best to look/hear things from an outside perspective so as not to fall victim to thinking our shit don't stink.

Q - Are there any upcoming touring plans?

A - We kick off a full US headlining tour June 2nd. It’s the “Get A Ticket, Get An Album Tour.” As the name implies, when you buy a ticket, you get a digital copy of “Skeletons” with two tour exclusive bonus tracks. Tickets are only $11.

Q - How many songs off of “Skeletons” will make it into your set?

A - We'll be playing at least 3 of the new songs right now. The rest will be oldies!

Q - What are you listening to right now?

A - At the moment, nothing new. I just mowed my lawn yesterday and listened to “Abbey Road” for the first time in a while. That album is so amazing and it bums me out that I'm convinced no label would allow a band to make an album like that nowadays.

Q - What's your most embarrassing on stage moment?

A - Any time you mess something up its embarrassing. Even though 9 times out of 10, the audience doesn't know. Inside you feel horrible.

Q - Who are some of your earliest musical influences?

A - Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Soundgarden, and then later all things NYHC.

Q - Is there anything else you'd like to add?

A - Please check out our new album “Skeletons.” We poured our hearts and souls into it and it would mean the world to us if you picked up a copy!

Check out Hawthorne Heights at www.myspace.com/hawthorneheights and www.hawthorneheights.com and be sure to pick up the new album “Skeletons,” especially if you’re a Hawthorne Heights fan. You definitely will not be disappointed.


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.

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Chissy said...

pumped for this album release on june 1st--> the band will be at magnolia thunderpussy records that day for their release. can't wait!


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